HM Revenue & Customs are consulting on the imposing of secondary legislation to extend Landfill Tax to illegal waste sites and clarify the definition of ‘taxable disposal. Consultation closes 18th February. On 1st April, changes will be made to the Landfill Tax regime, which will affect both permitted and non-permitted sites in England and Northern Ireland: • at sites with the appropriate disposal permit, all material will be within the scope of Landfill Tax unless expressly exempt. • at sites without the appropriate disposal permit, all material will be within the scope of Landfill Tax To make these changes the following legislation will be imposed: • The Landfill Tax (Disposals of Material) Order 2018 • The Landfill Tax (Amendment) Regulations 2018 • The Aggregates Levy (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/landfill-tax-disposals-not-made-at-landfill-sites
DEFRA is consulting on introduction of the Offshore Environmental Civil Sanctions Regulations 2018. Consultation closes 15th February. It is proposed to introduce powers, via The Offshore Environmental Civil Sanctions Regulations 2018, to enable the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning (OPRED) to impose civil sanctions in respect of breaches of some existing offshore oil and gas environmental regulations, which presently amount to criminal offences.
The proposed sanctions would apply to offshore oil and gas operators engaged in hydrocarbon-related activities (i.e. oil and gas operations, gas unloading and storage operations and carbon dioxide storage operations) on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-proposed-introduction-of-the-offshore-environmental-civil-sanctions-regulations-2018
DEFRA is consulting on reducing crime at sites handling waste, and introducing fixed penalties for waste duty of care. Consultation closes 26th March. Changes being considered include enforcing more appropriate competence standards for permitted waste site operators and variations to waste exemptions to prevent them being used to hide illegal activity. The introduction of a fixed penalty for householders failing to pass their waste to authorised waste carriers is also proposed. https://consult.defra.gov.uk/waste/crime-and-poor-performance-in-the-waste-sector/.